Is Nursing for you?: 3 First Steps Toward a Rewarding Career

Nursing can be your ticket to financial success and personal satisfaction. As a student of human behavioral biology, I’m always looking for ways to turn my passion to understand us (me) into something useful and profitable.  Two recent articles make nursing seem a near-ideal mix of greed and goodness.

Liz Freeman‘s article in the Naples Daily News says Florida hospitals are scouring the country for RN’s.  In addition to 90k plus salaries, Naples hospitals are offering signing bonuses of $2,500 to $15,000 and relocation allowances of $1000 to $10,000.


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Andy Rutherford writes in the South Wales Argus of Wales “Nurse of the Year” who says what all lovers of their work say, “It doesn’t feel like a job.”

  • MOOC your mind – Massively Open Online Courses are a great (and free!) way to test the waters of your medical interests.
  • Talk the Walkers – Go to a hospital, talk to nurses in the trenches and get a sense of the nursing experience.
  • Volunteer Dear – Give some time, a few hours a month, caring for young, old, sick, dying, people near you.

At the end of this sentence, you can take the first step toward your dream career!


CourseraShirt2Aaron Freeman is an avid MOOCer and Artist In Residence for the Chicago Council on Science and Technology. Contact me on twitter @c2st_artist.


About Excitable Ape

Today is the best day of my life! I am the Artist In Residence of the Chicago Council on Science and Technology. I work as an expert in science communication for Harvard University. Along with my wife, the comics artist Sharon Rosenzweig, I create comics and comic videos for the Annals of Internal Medicine. I express my passion for promoting science literacy by creating science education materials that makes people laugh out loud.
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